2012 Parsec Awards Winners & Finalists

 

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

Short stories containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror where the storytelling uses narration as its primary means to convey scene and action and uses fewer than three people for the story presentation.

Precarious Child” by Pip Ballantine
(from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)

Finalists:
A Ruby in Rain” by Grant Stone (from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
Darkest Before Darkwater” by Tee Morris (from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
Night’s Plutonian Shore” by Jack Mangan (from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
Sins of the Father” by Tee Morris (from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)

Novel-length containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror where the storytelling uses narration as its primary means to convey scene and action and uses fewer than three people for the story presentation.

Not enough podcasts in this category to compete this year. Please encourage them to participate in the 2013 Parsecs!

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)

Novel-length containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror where the storytelling uses narration as its primary means to convey scene and action and uses fewer than three people for the story presentation.

Underwood and Flinch: A Vampire Novel by Mike Bennett

Finalists:
All Roads Lead to Blue Lake: Teacher of the Year by Marc Vale
Eternity by Casey S. Townsend
The Last Sorcerer by J. A. Areces
Secret World Chronicles, Season 5: Waiting On by Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, Dennis Lee, Cody Martin, and Veronica Giguere

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast

Stories of any length containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror in which storytelling uses narration as its primary means to convey scene and action and uses more than two people for the story presentation. (Note: Both short and long form were combined due to the small number of competing podcasts this year.)

The Seven” by P.C. Haring
(from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)

Finalists:
The Ever-dreaming Verdict of Plagues” by Jason Sanford (from The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine)
From Paris, with Regret” by Starla Hutchton (from The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences)
The Guild of The Cowry Catchers, Book 3: Ashes by Abigail Hilton
Dream Engine” by Tim Pratt (from Journey Into)

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

Short audio presentations containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror in which storytelling is effected through the dialogue of its characters and sound effects/scenery presenting action and scene as it’s primary mechanism.

Keeg’s Quest: A Skyrim Adventure by Rich Matheson

Finalists:
The Cleansed by Fred Greenhalgh
Genesis Avalon by Pendant Productions
Intensive Care by James Comtois (Aural Stage Studios & FinalRune Productions)
Maudelayne by Alexa Chipman

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

Long audio presentations containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror in which storytelling is effected through the dialogue of its characters and sound effects/scenery presenting action and scene as it’s primary mechanism.

The Mask of Inanna by Alicia Goranson

Finalists:
Decoder Ring Theatre by Gregg Taylor
Second Shift: Season 2 written by Brandon Crose, John Tanzer, & Myssi Cerebi, created by Andrea Shubert
Star Trek: Outpost by Tony Raymond & Dan MciIntosh (Giant Gnome Productions)
We’re Alive – A Story of Survival by Kc Wayland

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

Video podcasts that tell a speculative fiction story.

Not enough podcasts in this category to compete this year. Please encourage them to participate in the 2013 Parsecs!

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

Podcasts that regularly present short stories from different authors containing elements of science fiction, fantasy or horror.

Drabblecast

Finalists:
Beneath Ceaseless Skies Magazine
The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine
The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences: Tales from the Archives, Vol.1
Toasted Cake

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

This person or team is new to podcasting in the past Parsec eligibility year, becoming a significant voice that has contributed to the community as a whole.

Toasted Cake feat. Tina Connolly

Finalists:
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality – The Podcast feat. Less Wrong / Eliezer Yudkowsky
Supervillain Corner feat. Christopher Morse
Tales to Terrify feat. Lawrence Santoro, Harry Markov, & Tony C. Smith
Treknologic feat. Jeff, Chris, Mike, & Kerri

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

News and commentary podcasts created by and for the fans of a given type of literary or entertainment work or series of works that have elements of speculative fiction (e.g. podcasts focused on H. P. Lovecraft, Buffy The Vampire Slayer or the World of Time).

The Signal

Finalists:
Beyond the Wall
News from Pnakotus
PodCulture: TARDIS Interruptus
The ScapeCast

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

News and commentary podcasts created by and for the fans of speculative fiction. (e.g. Anime, Gaming, General Spec Fic)

The Incomparable

Finalists:
PodCulture: Equal Opportunity Geekness
Scifi Diner
The Weekly Podioplex
WhatTheCast?

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

Podcasts about the creative process and/or the technical aspects of speculative fiction podcast creation.

Writing Excuses

Finalists:
The Dead Robots Society
Pendragon Variety Podcast
The Roundtable Podcast
The Shared Desk

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

Podcasts that explore the facts that influence the fictions – the science, history, culture, and mythology that inspire these stories.

MonsterTalk

Finalists:
365 Days of Astronomy
Astronomy Cast
Law of the Geek
The Weird Show

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

Whether they make fun of bad movies or or poke fun at our own geekdom, these podcasts keep us laughing.

Supervillain Corner

Finalists:
comedy4cast
Disasterpiece Theatre
Dragon*ConTV
Geologic Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast

Podcasts discussing and sampling music about, set in, inspired by or spoofing speculative fiction. (e.g. Filk, Rock, RenFair, Rap, Techno)

Radio Free Hipster

Finalists:
The Gamewave Podcast
Radio Free Hipster
The Real Congregation
Renaissance Festival Podcast

Best Youth Driven Speculative Fiction Podcast

Podcasts produced and performed by youth.

Not enough podcasts in this category to compete this year. The Youth Podcast nominees received special recognition at the 2012 ceremony at Dragon*Con.